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It is hard to understand.

It is difficult to understand how Christians can remain in the Masonic Lodge with the wealth of information that points to an occult foundation of its teachings.  Just a tour through Heredom, the critical journal of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction, can easily point this out.

I understand that most men do not know because they have not been told, or they do not really want to know.

A few years back a Masonic officer of education told a few of us that Freemasonry was not a religion, because it did not observe the sacraments.  I happened to have a copy of the Masonic baptismal service with me at the time, which I passed over for his inspection.   Instead of admitting his oversight, he simply asked how I got my hands on it.  So much for education.

Not only is there a Masonic baptismal service, but there is a ceremony that mimics the Lord’s Supper.  This should be a real concern.  It would send me running.

In 1855 the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction commissioned five men to revise the scattered documents of the Scottish Rite.  Two of the five men were Albert Mackey and Albert Pike.  Two years later, Albert Pike completed the task and handed his manuscript to the Supreme Council.  Albert Mackey coined the work Magnum Opus or The Great Work.  Although monitors and rituals are revised from time to time, key sections of the work are still present in more recent monitors of the Scottish Rite.

The bread and wine meal is one of them.

In the 26th degree, Scottish Trinitarian or Prince of Mercy, we read:

Qn: What is to us the chief symbol of man’s ultimate redemption and regeneration?

Ans: The fraternal supper, of bread that nourishes, and of wine that refreshes and exhilarates, symbolical of the time which is to come, when all mankind shall be one great harmonious brotherhood; and teaching us these great lessons; that as matter changes ever, but no single atom is annihilated, it is not rational to suppose that the far nobler soul does not continue to exist beyond the grave: That many thousands who have died before us might claim to be joint owners with ourselves of the particles that compose our mortal bodies; for matter ever forms new combinations; and the bodies of the ancient dead, the patriarchs before and since the flood, the kings and common people of all ages, resolved into their constituent elements, are carried upon the wind over the continents, and continually enter into and form part of the habitations of new souls, creating new bonds of sympathy and brotherhood between each man that lives and all his race.  And thus, the bread we eat, and in the wine we drink tonight, may enter into and form part of us the identical particles of matter that once formed parts of the material bodies called Moses, Confusius, Plato, Socrates, or Jesus who died upon the cross.  In the truest sense, we eat and drink the bodies of the dead; and cannot say that there is a single atom of our blood and body, the ownership of which some other soul might not dispute with us, and produce prior title.”  Magnum Opus, XXVI, p. 17,18

In case one wonders if the original work of Pike was carried into the Scottish Rite, in Liturgies of the Scottish Rite, 1962, the exact wording is found, minus the last two sentences.  It may well be that these sentences are verbally transmitted, and no longer deemed appropriate for print.

It seems obvious that the Scottish Rite borrows the most sacred meal to Christians and changes its meaning.  Albert Pike addresses the reality of the connection in the following paragraphs to the above section:

“To our Jewish Brethern, this supper is symbolical to the Passover: to the Christian Mason of that eaten by Christ and his Disciples, when, celebrating the Passover, he broke bread and gave it to them, saying, “Take! Eat! This is my body:” and giving them the cup, he said, “Drink ye all of it! for this is the blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for he remission of sins:”…”    Magnum Opus XXVI…18

While tipping its hat to the Lord’s Supper, the Scottish Rite drastically changes the meaning.  Jesus states the bread of the Passover meal refers to Himself; the Scottish Rite changes it to refer to the act of entering into and forming part of the identical matter of past Masters.  Jesus said the cup refers to His own blood; the Scottish Rite changes it to align with forming identical matter with the dead. 

It would seem to me that Christians would think twice before participating in a ceremony symbolically linked to the Lord’s Supper that has been deliberately changed.  The emphasis of this supper is not on Christ, but upon the particles of dead Masters.

 Paul the Apostle said it this way:

“No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.  You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too, you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”  1 Cor. 10:20,21

“Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgement upon himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”  1 Cor. 11:27-30

If Masons want to mimic the Lord’s Supper and change its meaning from Christ it is their prerogative, but it should jolt a Christian’s conscience.  How can we participate in a meal that strips the meaning of Christ and replaces it with integration into the dead?

I’ll bank my eternity on Christ, not Albert Pike.

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